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Tony Petrello Makes Great Strides at Nabors Industries


As the CEO of Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello has had a remarkable collection of accomplishments. After earning his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a mathematics degree from Yale University, Petrello began what has been an extensive and successful career. From 1979 to 1991, he worked with the law firm Baker and McKenzie, focusing on general corporate law and international arbitration. He also served as the firm’s Managing Partner for their New York office for five years.

After leaving the firm, Petrello joined Nabors Industries, a company that owns and operates the largest land-based drilling rigs in the world. In 1991, he was elected to their Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board. From 1991 to 2011, he served as Nabors President and Chief Operating Officer. Since 2011 he has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. In addition to holding numerous top positions at Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello gives the company direction that has enabled it to adapt and thrive in a competitive market. Click here to know more.

While making huge strides with Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello was also dealing with a difficult situation at home. Petrello’s daughter, Carena, was born prematurely and diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia. Also known as PVL, periventricular leukomalacia is a neurological disease that causes a lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain in premature infants. This lack of blood flow resulted in Carena having cerebral palsy with impaired motor skills and developmental delays. This inspired Petrello and his wife, Cynthia, to make a generous donation and lead fundraising efforts for neurological research at Texas Children’s Hospital. On top of his leading positions at Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello is now a member of the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.

For more information on Tony Petrello, please visit www.nabors.com.

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